Portland >Heathman Restaurant
Octopus caught off the coast? Yes,
please! That local delicacy was marinated and served chilled with a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette as a recent starter, shocking in its ultra-tenderness. This was just one of the impressive dishes highlighting the amazing ingredients from the Northwest. The beautifully prepared wild Chinook salmon with pea tendrils and fava beans was another seasonal treat.
The real treat was the gracious service in this busy dining room, especially our seasoned waiter, who suggested excellent Oregon wine matches for the food. The Adelsheim Pinot gris was brilliant with the first course, and the deeply flavored, Burgundian-style Domaine Serene was incredible alongside the salmon.
The menu might give potential diners that this venue is formal, but the crowd on a Monday night was a mix of casually attired guys and gals, businessmen and even a few stroller-pushing families. Everyone seemed united in their enjoyment of the plates set before them.
Old school swank reigns at this venerable downtown hotel, so go ahead and put on pantyhose before sinking into a tea court banquette and downing a few dirty martinis. For all the posh at budget prices, hit happy hour—2pm til close every day!
Great Service!. My wife and I attended the Mothersday brunch. The food was great but the service was something to be desired. we contacted the management and they went above and beyond to make up for the not so great service. They sent us a $100 gift card. We took advantage of it this week and the service was great. The staff was curious and helpful. Danial our waitress was very helpful and understanding after ordering a meal that was not to my liking and quickly brought me something else at no charge. The food was wonderful. I can't say enough about the great experience we had. I highly recommend Heathman! 5 stars for a 5 star restaurant!
Disappointing Happy Hour.
We had heard the Heathman had a great happy hour so my partner and I both went on a Thursday night to check it out. We ordered 5-6 plates between us and only really liked 2. The oysters I had were really overcooked and tough but the sauce on them was great. The pate was by far the worst I have ever had. I also ordered the roasted pear and chevre salad which was absolutely excellent! The cheese plate we got was very very miniscule for 5.95 (even by happy hour standards). the bread they serve you when you sit down is very yummy though.
But beyond the sub par food, the worst part of our experience was the service. We were one of two couples in the lounge for the late night happy hour and our waitress was fine up until half way through our meal. We were waiting for our water to be refilled and order another round of cocktails but she was too busy chatting with the hostess for the next 15 minutes (I kid you not) to check on us. When she finally did come over we asked to order dessert. She gave us the menu and went back to talking with the hostess. We sat again. and waited again for a good 10 minutes trying to get her attention. Finally we got the attention of the bar tender and asked for our check instead. the bartender cashed us out and we tipped her instead of our waitress.
Note to waitresses/waiters= pay attention to the patrons instead of standing around gossiping with your hostess friends. Especially when we were your ONLY table.
For paying almost $60 for a happy hour I expected Portland city grill quality/ Higgins quality. I got neither and we will not be returning. There are so many great happy hours in portland, don't make the mistake of going to this one.
Great For Breaskfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour, Drinks.... The Heathman's menu is always exceptional, regardless of the meal. Between the dining room, the lounge and the marble lobby, there are plenty of seating options. The wait staff are helpful and courteous, and service is excellent. I would especially recommend weekend brunch, which includes some of my favorite dishes the Heathman has to offer like the Smoked Salmon Hash, Pork Loin Benedict, and delicious omelets. The happy hour/small plate menu is very good. The Heathman keeps better hours than many restaurants in town - serving the same awesome food and drinks during the recent snowstorm that seemed to paralyze the rest of the city...
Don't go on a holiday... On any other night I believe I would be able to give a better score, but being that we went on Valentine's, they had chosen to seat to overflowing capacity. We were seated in the center of the room in a row of seven two person tables stuck right together, pretty much bumping elbows, so there was absolutely no privacy...we could hear everything the couples on either side of us were saying and vice versa. I don't think these tables are usually there, they just brought extras in to accomodate the masses. It was terribly uncomfortable and awkward, like being in a fishbowl. Plates of Foie Gras, compliments of the chef, were sent out to all the couples subjected to this close proximity which was a nice gesture, but really didn't make us feel any better especially since we both hate liver. The food and drinks were pleasing and the service outstanding inspite of the overcrowding. I made the reservation only a week out so I understand I was late and should take what I get, but I would rather they have chosen to limit the number of reservations and told us there was nothing available so we could enjoy a more intimate dining experience elsewhere instead of turning us into sardines on one of the most romantic nights of the year. From what I've read it seems on most holidays you receive similar treatment. We'll try again on a non-holiday evening and hopefully we'll have better luck.
A consistently great place for a nice dinner in Portland. There are not many restaurants in Portland where my partner and I can go and expect what I would call "professional service." You know what I'm talking about...this is a town where you can expect the server to nonchalantly show up at your table with a cool head nod and say, "Hey, how's it going?" When he feels like it. And that's totally fine and chill most of the time, but there are times when you want to go out and enjoy a dinner and have it feel "special." A lot of the time, we choose Heathman for that. It is not at all stuffy, but the serving staff there is a cut above, and we enjoy it. The food is consistently good French-NW, nothing crazy, just delicious quality food prepared well. The wine list is excellent, we've have wonderful recommendations for reasonably priced bottles (under $40) from our server. A consistently good dining experience.
Great service, sub par fare..
We were all set for the crab bisque but were told it "wasn't up to the chef's expectations". It must have been bad, because our meals were far below our expectations. My duck a l'orange was the worst, the breast so tough I couldn't finish it. My wife enjoyed the halibut, but it was nothing unique. Our desserts was uninspired. I chose a familiar wine and even that was weak.
No we will not be back. I resolve never again to pay for over-priced, overblown "fine" dining.
I've dined at the Heathman for a few years now. The food is always excellent. Seating is always prompt (with reservation of course). Service always attentive.
A restaurant won't get my business for years unless they:
1. Have great service
2. Prepare food as well or better than I do at home
3. Have pricing which adequately reflects what they're serving
great brunch. I have visited this restaurant several times. The food is always good. service is sometimes too busy and get things mixed up but I would return just for the menu choice and quality of food.
great bouillabaisse matched by great service. I travel to Portland occassionally for business and usually eat at Higgins. They were closed (New Year's Day) so I tried Heathmans - walking by it looked good. I only had an entree and coffee. The bouillabaisse was excellent - plenty of fish (good variety) and the broth was very good. Service was excellent - replenished bread plate without asking many times and the water glass was never below half full. Friendly yet professional waiter. I'd go back for sure. I'm from LA and usually pay a lot more for this quality so I thought it was a very good value - excellent food at a relatively low price. Always great being able to provide a 5 star rating.
Worst Christmas Dinner Ever. My husband and I made a reservation for Christmas Eve last year and were incredibly disappointed with the entire experience. Our table wasn't ready when we arrived, so we waited in the bar for about 20 minutes, understanding of course that Christmas Eve is a busy night. When we were finally shown to our table, I had to practically beg the hostess to take my coat, which she did reluctantly, with a disgusted look on her face. Our waiter was cordial enough but hardly attentive, and he told us to "simply ignore" the fire alarm that kept going off every 5 minutes. They finally evacuated the building, and we were forced to stand in the freezing rain without coats for nearly half an hour. Upon returning to our table, my meal was served immediately - burnt to a crisp. It had been sitting in the broiler the entire time, yet they still had the nerve to serve it! They replaced it with a less crisp, but hastily cooked replacement, then assured us to eat up because they'd take care of us. Dessert was on them, but there was no other credit on the bill for the horrendous experience. (That $6 creme brulee didn't really make us feel any better.) I even wrote a letter to the management, but received no response whatsoever. Save your money and go to any of the amazing little gems Portland has to offer - Le Pigeon, Clarklewis, Wildwood, etc. This place is a joke.
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